ARS Ltd began investigating the site at Higher Standen Farm, Clitheroe, with Taylor Wimpey in 2017 with a series of evaluation trenches. Previously a Desk-Based Assessment had been carried out on the site which found evidence for prehistoric activity in the surrounding landscape, and a subsequent geophysical survey identified a possible ‘ring ditch’ (a circular burial monument typical of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods) and some other possible ditch features.
Clitheroe is located 15.5km to the north-east of Blackburn and the excavation site is on the south-eastern edge of Clitheroe where it covers an area of approximately 10 hectares across five fields.
To find out about the exciting discovery of human cremations in well-preserved pottery vessels please use the links to the right. You can also view a photo gallery and use the ‘Links and Downloads’ page to access the project reports.